The Osun State Government has alleged that some persons have stockpiled materials bearing insignia of the All Progressives Congress (APC), its government and that of its governorship candidate, Adegboyega Oyetola, to be distributed to political thugs and hoodlums to foment trouble during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primary election scheduled for Tuesday, March 8, 2022.
In a statement signed by Ismail Omipidan, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor on Monday, the state government called on the PDP to watch out for the activities of fifth columnists within its fold adding that security operatives have been charged to deal decisively with real and potential troublemakers before, during and after the primary.
The government revealed that it was in possession of intelligence reports indicating that the motive of those behind the dastardly act was not only to create the impression of Osun being a volatile state but also put the blame on its doorstep.
“We are compelled to raise this alarm as an early warning sign of the clandestine schemes being put together by some unscrupulous elements to tarnish the image and reputation of the APC, the governor and its candidate, the state government and to cause trouble and paint the picture of a volatile state, and with a view to putting the blame on its doorstep.
As a government, we held a peaceful, credible, free and fair direct primary without rancour and violence. We shall therefore have no reason to instigate or support violence anywhere within the state.
“But the fire and brimstone coming from the warring parties within the opposition PDP are scary. The intelligence at our disposal confirms the plot to cause violence is indeed real. However, as a responsive and responsible government, we are already taking steps to deal with it.
“We, therefore, want to warn those behind this nefarious plot to jettison the idea as security operatives have been put on the alert and mandated to deal decisively with anyone bent on causing violence and destruction in Osun.
We also want to appeal to parents and guardians to rein in their children and wards so that they will not be used as tools by merchants of violence and destruction.
Our state is renowned for peace, and we are ready to take every legitimate step to keep it so before, during and after the opposition PDP primary,” the statement concluded.